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Player ratings: How the Boys in Green fared against Mexico

The Irish side were comprehensively outplayed at New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium.

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Darren Randolph: Made some good saves and couldn’t do much about any of the goals. 7

Shane Duffy: Produced a couple of excellent last-ditch interventions but can’t be happy with conceding three goals. 6

John Egan: The Brentford defender endured a torrid time on his second cap and an inevitable lack of understanding with Keogh and Duffy was noticeable before his substitution. 5

Richard Keogh: The Derby man looked slow and cumbersome at times, struggling to deal with the pace and movement of Mexico’s bright attackers. 5

Cyrus Christie: One of the few bright spots for Ireland, Christie got forward well and caused Mexico problems down their left flank, particularly in the first half. 7

Daryl Horgan: Was at least willing to try things, even if his dribbles and pot shots didn’t come off more often than not as he occupied a more central position than expected on his full debut. 6

Conor Hourihane: Had one decent effort that went just wide of the post but generally struggled as Ireland were completely dominated in midfield. 5

James McClean: Needlessly fouled Carlos Vela to concede a penalty, but made some good tackles thereafter and improved as the game wore on, producing the cross that led to Ireland’s goal. 6

Callum O’Dowda: Had one excellent second-half solo run that would have resulted in a fine individual goal had it not been for a poor finish. In general though, he was all too anonymous and needs to do much more to establish himself at this level. 5

Daryl Murphy: Came close to scoring in the first half as he narrowly failed to connect with a McGoldrick cross. The Newcastle man worked tirelessly, but cut an isolated figure for much of the game. 5

David McGoldrick: Like Murphy, he didn’t get a lot of service, apart from in the game’s final moments, as he missed a gilt-edged chance, failing to convert McClean’s cross from close range. 5

Substitutes: Wes Hoolahan and Eunan O’Kane got the team passing a bit more, while Stephen Gleeson took his goal extremely well. Kevin Long and Alan Browne didn’t do much wrong but barely got the chance to make their presence felt given the short time they had on the field. 7

Martin O’Neill: Gambled considerably with the team and formation and on this occasion, it didn’t really pay off as Ireland were second best throughout the contest. 5

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